SR 88 - Apache Trail

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SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by AZLOT69 » Oct 21 2010 6:52 am

Wikipedia wrote:The Apache Trail in Arizona was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.

The current Apache Trail links Apache Junction (33.4152°N 111.5807°W) at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake (33.6725°N 111.1531°W), through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

Today, the majority of Apache Trail remains unpaved, turning into a dirt road a few miles up from Tortilla Flat, and continuing as such for nearly the full remainder of its length. The section east of Apache Junction is known officially as State Route 88. It is also the main traffic corridor through Apache Junction, turning into Main Street as the road passes into Mesa, and regains the Apache name by becoming Apache Boulevard in Tempe, ending at Mill Avenue. Prior to the completion of the Superstition Freeway in 1992, the Apache Junction portion of the Apache Trail was part of US Highway 60, which was rerouted to the Superstition Freeway once it was completed.

The Trail winds steeply through 40 miles (64 km) of rugged desert mountains, past deep reservoir lakes like Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The narrow, winding road is unpaved from just east of the town of Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt Dam; there are steep cliff drops and little in the way of safety barriers. The trail requires caution when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs, SUVs, or caravans. Some large RV rental companies in the US do not allow their vehicles to be taken on this route.
The Apache Trail will be closed for some major road repairs from November 15 - January 21, 2011. major delays will occur prior to and after those stated dates. Plan your outings accordingly.

See press release: http://www.azdot.gov/highways/projects/ ... 101510.pdf
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Re: State Route 88 - Apache Trail closed

Post by CannondaleKid » Nov 18 2019 1:59 pm

I don't believe it is quite as simple as we might wish. If the washout was due primarily to the lack of vegetation as a result of the fire, it will likely take years for enough regrowth to prevent being washed out in the same manner as it has.

Unfortunately I seriously doubt it will be a quick (or even moderately fast) rebuilding of the immediate washed-out sections. I have a feeling a rather significant amount of assessment, research & planning for flood mitigation will need to take place before any rebuilding takes place... which could easily take a year or more before any construction begins. I'd hope not, but just the same we should be prepared for that eventuality.
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The least I can hope for is they open the road to the rest stop/overlook, or at least as far as the Tortilla TH.
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Re: State Route 88 - Apache Trail closed

Post by CannondaleKid » Nov 19 2019 12:23 pm

I made the mistake of attempting to drive out Apache Trail this morning... ](*,)

No road work was shown when I checked the AZ511.gov map before I left home, however, there IS work in progress along the road from the Canyon Lake overlook to possibly Canyon Lake. (I'm not sure how far it goes because I turned around as soon as I came upon the stopped traffic.)

Rock/boulders are being added on the inside of every corner where it has been eroded. Based on what I see has been completed the work probably began on Monday.
Unfortunately I have no idea how long the work will go on.
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Re: State Route 88 - Apache Trail closed

Post by chumley » Nov 19 2019 3:34 pm

The east end is closed for the duration of the storm due to the potential for further flooding.
https://azdot.gov/adot-news/sr-88-close ... na-turnoff
Heavy rain forecast in area vulnerable to flood damage
November 19, 2019
PHOENIX – An unpaved section of State Route 88 between Roosevelt and the Apache Lake marina will close at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in advance of a storm that has the potential to trigger flash flooding and roadway damage.

The segment, from just west of Roosevelt Dam near milepost 241 to the marina turnoff at milepost 229, remains vulnerable to flash flooding and debris flows from the adjacent Woodbury Fire burn scar. The 12-mile stretch will remain closed until after the storm passes and crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation can inspect the highway and repair any damage.

A storm in September damaged a section of SR 88, causing it to close for repairs for more than a week. This type of damage has led to an indefinite closure of the highway from the marina turnoff to just east of Tortilla Flat.
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by AZLumberjack » Dec 02 2019 6:39 am

Yesterday (12-1-19) as I was visiting the Goldfield Ghost Town, I stopped in at the Apache Trail Tours and spoke briefly with Jan Thyregod about the condition of the Apache Trail. Because of her Trail Tours business, she pretty much has her finger on the pulse of the DOT and when things are going to happen. She didn't have anything to add that I haven't already heard about a two to three year (maybe) potential open date for the road.

Jan did mention that the business' along the Trail are feeling the pinch of reduced traffic, (not as many visitors coming out this way and purchases are way down) so they have contacted DOT and a meeting is scheduled at the Apache Junction City Hall in the Council Chambers on Dec-17 at 8 to 10 am. This is an open meeting where all concerned groups are welcome to attend.

I plan on attending to get some first hand information rather than what has been passed on through the Forest Service or other outlets.
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by CannondaleKid » Dec 02 2019 7:06 am

@AZLumberjack
Probably 20-25% of the tours I drove for Apache Trail Tours back in 2014-2015 were to the Overlook so I'm sure their bottom-line has taken a hit... particularly when the photo & rest stop at the Overlook is off-the-table.
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As painful as a possible 2-3 year time-frame sounds, unless the requisite Federal, State and/or County funds can be found to divert to the cause it may not happen for a lot longer.
At the least it would be nice if the road could be opened to the Overlook. We can only hope... :pray:
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by wallyfrack » Dec 12 2019 11:50 am

There's now an online petition to save the Apache Trail.

http://chng.it/4sL9hMBrDQ

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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by chumley » Dec 12 2019 12:30 pm

@wallyfrack
Is there a competing petition to convert it to a hiking trail?
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